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Technology Development and Small Business Program 
Office of Technology Commercialization 
Technology Services 

National Institute of Standards and Technology • Technology Administration • U.S. Department of Commerce 

NIST is actively engaged in research in a wide 
range of technologies. The resulting technical 
expertise is a valuable resource to U.S. industry. 
NIST encourages businesses to use its expertise 
or to engage in collaborative research with its 
staff. Drawing upon these resources, a firm can 
reduce its product development time or leverage 
its internal technical resources. 

The Technology Development and Small 
Business Program provides several ways to access 
NIST's technologies, facilities, and technical 
capabilities. Industry can: 

• Access NIST's patents and other intellectual 
properties. The Technology Development 
Program operates as the node for all NIST 
patents and other intellectual properties. NIST 
has more than 120 intellectual properties in a 
variety of technologies available for licensing. 

• Collaborate with NIST on R&D efforts. 
NIST has worked with industry for decades and 
continues to seek R&D collaborations. NIST 
recognizes that person-to-person contact is often 
the most effective means to transfer and develop 
technology. Approximately 200 industrial R&D 
staff, termed Research Associates, from more 
than 80 firms are working with NIST staff each 
year. Most R&D collaborations are bilateral 
agreements; however, consortia are becoming an 
important part of NIST's activity. NIST has four 
active consortia and another five in development. 
An important benefit in collaborating with NIST 
is that the industrial partner may obtain exclusive 
rights in the jointly developed technology. For 
further information, ask for the booklet, 
Cooperative Research Opportunities at NIST. 

• Use unique NIST facilities for proprietary 
research measurements. NIST has a number of 
very high quality, unique measurement and 
technical facilities. Many of these facilities are 
prohibitively expensive for a firm to own and 
staff. Industry and NIST may use designated 

facilities as part of a joint venture, or industry 
may use them for proprietary research, 
reimbursing NIST for costs. For further 
information, ask for the booklet, Facilities, 
National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

• Perform independent research at NIST. NIST 
makes its facilities available, for limited dura- 
tions, to qualified non-NIST R&D staff to pursue 
individual scientific projects. To work 
independently at NIST, a guest researcher's 
technical objectives must be compatible with 
NIST's objectives. 

• Apply for Small Business Innovative Research 
(SBIR) opportunities. The SBIR program sets 
aside a percentage of NIST's extramural budget 
for small business. NIST provides $35,000 in 
Phase I, which proves feasibility of the technol- 
ogy, and $200,000 in Phase II, which develops 
the technology. The Department of Commerce's 
SBIR program solicitations are released in 
mid-October with proposals being due in 

• Support technology transfer internships. 
During FY92, NIST will offer five to ten 
internships to graduate student business- 
technical teams to evaluate and help commer- 
cialize NIST-developed technologies. A company 
can support a team to evaluate technologies of 
interest. NIST may also provide support. 

for further information about these, ac- 
tivities, contact 'Dr. 'Bruce T.. Odattson, 
Chief, Tecfmotyy 'Development and Smatt 
'Business Trogram, 9{ationa£ Institute of 
Standards and TechnoCogy, 5\343 'Physics 
<B(dg., Qaithersburg, 9dD 20899; 
(301) 975-3086.